China’s BRI is a whole-of-the-system approach to build on physical connectivity projects and expand these to include other softer, subtler forms of connectivity.
New Delhi should incentivize its border communities by believing in and building on their central role in history as entrepreneurs and diplomats.
A smart, forward-looking Indian leadership should not pass up the opportunity to increase economic linkages with Pakistan, and provide the latter an alternative to China.
When complaints are raised against BRI, Beijing is quick to publicly offer to renegotiate terms. India, meanwhile, is known in South Asia more for its big brotherly attitude and the lack of synergy and capacity to implement its promises.
The Chinese suggestion for an China-India-Pakistan trilateral should provide fresh impetus – if that were needed – for New Delhi to reconsider its own Pakistan policy.
India needs to rethink its ties with Pakistan and China in order to transform its external environment.
By refusing to engage with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, India’s policymakers are letting go of opportunities to shape and influence events in its two largest neighbours
China appears to believe that India’s unfriendliness and lack of capacity mean that it has to and can be tied down to South Asia